Infant placed in protective custody

09/20/2013 11:19 AM

09/20/2013 11:20 AM

An infant was placed in protective custody after police discovered the little boy was living in filthy conditions and his mother admitted to recently using drugs, police said.

Officers went to check on the welfare of a 23-year-old woman and her 4-month-old child near Ninth and West streets at about 9 p.m. Thursday, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said.

The officers found roaches and evidence of bedbugs at the apartment, he said.

“The child appeared to have flu-like symptoms,” Nolte said.

The mother also admitted to recently using drugs. The child was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

The Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit has launched an investigation and the Department of Children and Families is also involved in the case, Nolte said.

“We’re trying to determine whether or not the mother had appropriate resources to take care of the child,” he said.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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